A-Rod and Jeter Add More Awards

On Thursday both Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter picked up awards, they received Louisville Slugger's Silver Slugger Award in the American League for their respective positions. It marks the 2nd year in a row in which they have won the award as a pair.

Louisville Slugger's Silver Slugger Award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who vote for the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National Leagues in 2008.

A-Rod's 2008 numbers were .302 with 35 home runs and 103 RBIs (That can be seen at the left of the page). 2008 also marked the 11th consecutive year that Alex hit at least 35 HR and drove in 100 RBI. That's quite an impressive feat. It's numbers and facts like that that remind us why Alex is one of the greatest players to ever play the game of baseball. His October failures in recent years are what we remember most about Alex. Not to mention his off the field dilemmas. Yet he finds a way to be a constant power producer in the lineup every year. Gotta give the man credit, he got skills. This is the 10th time Alex has won the award.

As for the Yankee captain, Jeter hit .300 for the 4th consecutive year, adding 11 HRs and 69 RBI. This is the 3rd straight year that Derek has won the award. He is another consistent bat in the Yankee lineup that Yankee fans and teammates can count on on a night in and night out basis.

Here are the rest of the winners for the Silver Slugger Award.


2008 Silver Sluggers
AMERICAN LEAGUE
C Joe Mauer, MIN
1B Justin Morneau, MIN
2B Dustin Pedroia, BOS
3B Alex Rodriguez, NYY
SS Derek Jeter, NYY

OF Josh Hamilton, TEX
OF Carlos Quentin, CWS
OF Grady Sizemore, CLE
DH Aubrey Huff, BAL


NATIONAL LEAGUE
C Brian McCann, ATL
1B Albert Pujols, STL
2B Chase Utley, PHI
3B David Wright, NYM
SS Hanley Ramirez, FLA
OF Ryan Braun, MIL
OF Matt Holliday, COL
OF Ryan Ludwick, STL
P Carlos Zambrano, CHC


David Wright of the Mets also won the award for his production at 3B this past season.
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